Monday, July 06, 2009

Guest Blog and Book Giveaway w/ Margaret Mallory!!!

Thanks to Lucy for inviting me to guest blog today!

Since my debut book, KNIGHT OF DESIRE, was just released last week, I thought I’d share some of the highpoints and awkward moments I’ve had with my first book coming out.

Highpoint: My sister, a librarian, and her co-workers disrupted the library by shrieking in the backroom when my book came in. My sister cried when she read the dedication. J

Awkward: My mother read my book. She wasn’t supposed to read past the acknowledgments page—at least not until I razor-bladed out the love scenes for her. The former English teacher said it was “well written.” However, she liked the second half of the book better, “because it had less sex and more adventure.” Note: I don’t think the 2nd half has less—she just got diverted by the adventure. ;)

Highpoint: My 17-year-old neighbor had her mother bring her over to buy a copy of my book early, because she would be on a plane on the release date. Since I had just received a box of books from my publisher, I made my first sale ever to her. She decided to commemorate the event by writing “1st Dollar for 1st Book Sold!” on a dollar—and then she took the dollar back. Later that day, I found a wrapped package on my porch. The girl had put the dollar in a frame, along with lines she had cut out from the announcement of my first signing. This will be on my wall forever. When I was 17, the middle-aged moms of the neighborhood were like wallpaper to me—a pleasant part of the background, but not worthy of much attention. Her thoughtfulness touched me more than I can say.

Awkward: When my in-laws were visiting, they just HAD to joke about my husband inspiring my love scenes—repeatedly & in front of my college-age children. When they started teasing each other about how they might get hot when they read my book, my 19-year-old son had to leave the house. He told me later that thinking about “old people”—I assume he meant his parents as well as his grandparents—having sex was just too disturbing. A big yuk for him!

Question: Do all romance authors get hassled so much by family about their love scenes?

Highpoint: My hometown release signing was amazing. After living in front of my laptop for months, I was a bit shell-shocked to see so many old friends and acquaintances in the space of 2 hours. It was also a great joy. Several people, including my son’s friends, even came in medieval garb…or some approximation thereto. We sold a lot of books—I was signing the full two hours. My hometown was very good to me.

Awkward: Since so many people in town bought my book, I won’t be able to go to the grocery store or take a walk without running into people who will think about my love scenes when they look at me.

Highpoint: It’s been a delightful surprise to have friends and neighbors who are not romance readers call to tell me they couldn’t put my book down. The funniest call was from a man whose family was out of town. He said he went home from my book signing, popped a beer, and sat down in his backyard to read his first romance. Really, he told me, other men might read if it had a different cover and title.

I’m not the first, but I have to say it: I love Lucy.

Margaret

Be sure to leave your comments as I will be picking someone at random for a special prize! You can see what I'm up to at margaretmallory.com

28 comments:

Brandy said...

Love the post! I always wondered how authors feel when a first book comes out. *G* Glad your friends and family were so supportive!

Lesa~Dragon said...

Fantastic Post, thank you for sharing.

Congratulations on a successful first book!

Dragon

Armenia said...

Mallory,

I just loved the post. It was cute and I just laughed out loud about the awkward moment with teasing family regarding love scenes. She always cringes when mom and dad kiss. But it overall, it sounds friends and family were supportive. Congratulations on your first book and thanks for the giveaway.

Armenia said...

Oops, I meant to say my 9 year old girl always cringes when my hubby and I kiss when he first comes in the door. Sorry, must have deleted that line. Thanks again.

Gwynlyn MacKenzie said...

Just when I think the world is going off in a handbasket, I read something that makes me reconsider--like the sweet gift from your 17 year old neighbor. How precious and thoughtful. Certainly a treasure forever.

Great blog. Laughed, smiled, and cringed for you. Best of luck with your book. I look forward to reading it.

Maureen said...

Congratulations Margaret on your new book! I will definitely check out your website to get more info on it.

Susan Macatee said...

Congratulations, Margaret! I'm in the position of having my family read my first romance release too. I've already warned them there are a few sex scenes in it, but until they read it, I don't know how they're going to take it.

I'm hoping they all get caught up in my fast paced scenes too. I've even got battle scenes in there and a lot of twists and turns in the plot. LOL.

Margaret said...

I'm so glad to hear people are enjoying this post! And I didn't even tell you about my mother laughing so hard when she heard my title that she almost wet her pants. She had to immediately call my aunt, who was in the hospital recovering from a heart attack, so she could laugh, too. Glad I entertain the entire extended family! My mom is a mystery reader, so she doesn't know what a fabulous title this is.
Margaret
www.MargaretMallory.com

sarabelle said...

Thank you so much for sharing your feelings about your release. It is very interesting to me to see how authors react. I love seeing that you all are real people like me. Congrats on the success.

Amy S. said...

Knight of Desire sounds great!

Amy S. said...

Knight of Desire sounds great!

Judy said...

What fun to have a peek into the life of a first time published author. Congrats are definitely in order. It's wonderful that so many people are so supportive, especially your family, including your son (despite feeling squeamish). :-) I love that he and his friends dressed for the occasion! And your young neighbor was so thoughtful to commemorate the event in such a lasting way. Lots of celebrating and most decidedly well earned.

robynl said...

what an awesome array of highpoints and some awkward moments. LOL at son leaving.
A big congrats to you Margaret and all the best for more to come.

Caffey said...

Hi Margaret. This is so great to meet you. I too love Lucy! She's a fab lady.
It was neat to read about your highlights and too those awkward ones. I can tell you as a reader, I don't even think about the author having written those passionate scenes, I instead look at the book as a whole when I get to chat with the author about the book. I know its a story you created and so glad I got to read it! That was so beautiful on the 1st book for a dollar! That's something to always remember!

Do you have a plan that you'll do for each release you have to celebrate and memorize it, like framing the cover or scrap-booking related to the book?

Margaret said...

I really am completely fine with romance readers reading my love scenes--it's my friends & relatives who are the problem!
I don't have a plan for how to commemorate the release of each book, but that's a good idea. Hmmm...Maybe I should frame the cover flats? (I am lucky to have such gorgeous covers!) I should decide soon, because book 2 in my series will be out in less than 5 months. (I'm lucky about that, too.)
Margaret
www.MargaretMallory.com

Laurie said...

WHOHOO!! CONGRATS!

You are so lucky to be surrounded by such a loving community, family and friends!!

Your neighbor sounds fantastic! What a sweet girl!

Keep o writing!

CrystalGB said...

Hi Margaret. Congratulations on your debut novel. Knight of Desire sounds good. :)

Margaret said...

I didn't mention my local RWA chapter, which has been WONDERFUL to me. They've been incredibly enthusiastic supportors in my leap from "un-pubbed" to published author. A terrific group of women!
Margaret
www.MargaretMallory.com
Knight of Desire - Available Now
Knight of Pleasure - Dec 2009
Knight of Passion - July 2010

booklover1335 said...

Hey Margaret,
Just stopped by to say hi to you and Lucy. I loved Knight of Desire and for anyone who has not read it yet...you should. I know you will love it as much as I did!

RachieG said...

I'm sorry but I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS POST!! :) It was so funny. Totally agree, I don't think I'd want my Mom to read sex scenes I wrote either....or my in-laws (if I had any! Ha!!)

Congratulations on your new book. So glad your family and friends were so great..I'm sure your gonna be a star!

rachie2004 AT yahoo DOT com

Jane said...

Hi Margaret,
Congrats on your debut release. Great post. I can't even imagine how awkward it would be.

Margaret said...

I'm still new at this, so I forgot to mention that the book I'll be giving away is...ta da...mine! We'll pick a winner from those who comment by midnight Thursday.
Thanks for all the great comments!
Margaret
www.MargaretMallory.com

Michele L. said...

Hi Margaret!

Wow! It is so nice to have you here! What a fantastic, funny post! Oh gosh, I can't imagine what my family would say if I wrote a book with sex scenes. Let's just say, I would go under the table until they left.

Hey, just have fun! Love the cover and congratulations on your new book! WOOHOO! How exciting!

Have a fantastic week!

Shawna said...

OK I'm new to you so I can't wait to read you books!!! I am on a-lot of book clubs and I read 1 book a day!!! Good luck on this neww release Many Blessing and my you become a millionaire Author!!! ;o) winks Shanwna Lewis
weloveourdogs@juno.com

Michelle B said...

Congrats on the new release! It sounds good, so I'll have to check it out :-)

Amy said...

Congratulations on your first book. If the book reads anything like your blog will be a definate keeper. Great blog

lidia said...

Congratulations on your first book. I just purchased a Kindle edition.

Your 17 year old neighbor is very thoughtful. Now you have a treasured memory of your first sale.

flchen1 said...

Hi, Margaret! Popping in late to say hi, and thanks for such a lovely post! I loved hearing about your first sale and how your friends, family, and neighbors have reacted :) I'm glad for your circle of support! As for commemorating each book, I've definitely heard of framed coverflats, or some choose a meaningful charm or piece of jewelry, or an engraved glass or a embroidered or beaded bookmark or whatever it is that is special and meaningful for them. Or maybe a framed photo of you and your supportive family each holding a copy of your latest book!

Huge congrats, and best wishes for many more delightful and a few awkward moments in the future, Margaret! And yep, Lucy's a gem!